Last week was a wonderfully gorgeous and delightful summer-like week, in the 70’s. Cooled down a bit over the weekend and woke up to a frosty 29°F this morning but not complaining. Took advantage and got quite a lot of outdoor chores completed, still more to do, but garden chores like house chores never ends.
One of the chores that needed attention was getting rid of the snow pea vines in the foam ice chest. Imagine my surprise when I saw snow peas and pea flowers, lots of pea flowers on the vines. Decided to give the plants a good drink and leave them alone. The weather this week will continue to be nice so those peas should plump up and who knows, those flowers may produce more peas.
Can you see the snow peas hanging down and the many white flowers on the vines? The above experiment proves it is possible to grow snow peas successfully in container.
NOTE: The vines would have been taller if the woodchuck had not eaten part of it earlier (what you are seeing in the photo are regrowth that I did not think would produce) and I am sure there would have been many more snow peas as well.
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No harvest from the garden but harvest a bit from the containers and window boxes.
Lettuce in the window boxes continue to grow well. I am still only harvesting the outer leaves as needed daily.
Cabbage worms were crawling all over the Happy Rich broccoli leaves, they looked well fed from feasting on the leaves. Did not want to spray so pulled all the plants. Got a few pitiful ounces of usable stalks.
The 4 snow peas are from the above mentioned plants. Looking forward to future harvest.
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One of my container napa cabbage showed signs of bolting so harvested it. Hope the remaining 4 have time to form solid heads.
Look closely in the center of the plant and you will see the flowers.
Combined the napa cabbage, Happy Rich broccoli and snow peas and made a simple stir fry, made a delicious side dish.
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The Walking Onions continue to do well and are happy it their location.
Have been harvesting as needed and use as scallion.
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Am surprised how well my rosemary is growing and was not affected by the frosts and deep freeze.
The rosemary plant is growing in a sheltered location by my back door. Not hardy in our area but am leaving it in the ground to see if it will survive the winter (in its little micro climate area) especially since we are supposed to have a mild winter courtesy of El Niño.
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The Chives, Scallion, Lemon Thyme, Regular Thyme, Sage and Oregano all survived the frosts and deep freeze also and are thriving.
Having the herb bed by the backdoor makes it convenient to snip as needed.
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Driving to Locust Grove Thursday morning (Thursday morning is our heritage vegetable garden volunteer day) I was thinking about overwintering root vegetables. When I got to the garden I posed the following question to LG Horticulturists Tim Steinhoff and Susan MacAvery:
“What if I replant the harvested carrots, celeriac and leeks (without cutting off the tops and roots) in a container and keep them in my garage over the winter, how well will they do? Will keeping the leaves intact affect the quality of the roots?”
Their answer was: “It’s worth an experiment.” (I make life interesting for Tim and Susan with my many “What if …..” questions.)
So I brought home 3 carrot, 2 celeriac and 2 leeks and replanted them in Pro-Mix in a foam ice chest.
My ice-chest garden is a bit overcrowded but hopefully by staking the celeriac everyone will be happy. Shall bring you up-to-date on the results of my experiment in the spring.
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The following photo was taken 2 weeks ago when my Seedless Red Maple was at its peak color. Breathtaking! My photo does not do the color nor the tree justice.
All the leaves have fallen and the tree will remain bare until spring.
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